New regulations come into force on 23 September 2020. The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 require public sector bodies, including parish and town councils, to ensure reasonable adjustments are made to websites so they are accessible to people with various disabilities, including impaired vision and learning disabilities.
Those of you with 2Commune web sites may have seen a pop-up banner recently about the new regulations that refers to a guide to website accessibility produced by National Association of Local Councils (NALC). You can find a copy at https://www.northantscalc.com/uploads/website-accessibility-requirements-17.pdf.
We've been giving information out to member councils on the new regs since September 2018, so hopefully everyone is prepared! However, we don't want anyone to be unduly worried about the new requirements, so we are holding a Website Accessibility Q&A at 10:00 a.m. on Monday 21 September 2020.
It's free of charge to attend and is aimed at anyone who is completely befuddled by the whole thing and just needs simple, clear, concise advice! To book simply email Marie Reilly at email@example.com, and feel free to include any questions – however silly – that you would like answered during the session.
Our recommendation is that no council should be incurring great additional expense in achieving compliance with the regulations. We've heard of unscrupulous companies offering "accessibility audits" and "upgrading" of web sites for thousands of pounds and threatening councils that they will be in trouble if they don't comply by 23 September. That is all complete nonsense. A sensible, pragmatic approach is all that's required, so please don't get frightened into spending huge money on this.